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Declining rate of women in leadership positions

The number of women chief executives among ASX 200 companies is falling, as progress in appointing women to senior executive roles in corporate Australia is slowing, according to a survey by Chief Executive Women. 

  • Around 60 per cent of university graduates in Australia are women but only 6 per cent of chief executives are women. 
  • Only 6 per cent of chief executives among ASX 200 companies this year are women, down from 7 per cent last year 
  • More than 50 per cent of ASX 200 companies still have no women at all in executive line management roles 


“With few exceptions, progress towards gender balance at executive level is slow and, at the very top, it has gone backwards,” CEW president Sue Morphet said. The results point to the ongoing reality of gender imbalance, at the same time there has been pushback to introducing gender quotas. Brands should be cautious of appearing behind the times if they don’t have some sort of gender equality initiative in place, even at the very top.  

Source: The Australian - Women's corporate progress stumbles